news from the workshop: silver birch

And she still reads more books a month than I do. Chapeau!

silver birch bangle silver birch bangle One way or another, I’ve mostly been working on designs inspired by the bark of the silver birch tree for the past few days. I usually apply the distinctive texture using the edge of an old and slightly pitted hammer, but I decided to try something slightly different with the bangle pictured above. It’s made from 3mm diameter round wire, which is chunky enough to work on with a fine file. I was able to get much deeper marks than I do with the hammer, and to vary how much I bit into the silver. I’m rather pleased with the result, which looks like a very thin section cut through a slender tree trunk.

It was back to the hammer for my other pieces. The pendant is a design that I have made before, and it will replace one that I sold to a customer in the…

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